Mail Bag – Where Do You Get Your Coin Images?

Today’s Mail Bag question comes from Beth who asks about the images of coins I use here on the site. Coin images are something that I try to include in every post, particularly those about upcoming releases from the US Mint or on Today’s Deal posts. They say a picture speaks a thousand words and when it comes to coin images, that matters.

Beth writes,


A lot of your articles have pictures of coins on them. Where do you get them?


Beth, the most common source of coin images for is the United States Mint itself. They are available to the public at this link. There are guidelines to using the coin images such as not alterting them or misleading the public with them. I also have to give credit for the images to the United States Mint (see below).

2020-W American Eagle Silver Coin
2020-W American Eagle Silver Coin (Courtesy of The United States Mint)

The great thing about using the images from the US Mint is that they are all high resolution and they provide the Obverse and Reverse both in Uncirculated and Proof finishes (when applicable). It makes my life of hosting the site much easier!

As for older coins, such as the 1943 Mercury Dime from Today’s Deal earlier this morning, Those tend to come from Google searches. I try to credit the source on those too but that sometimes is a bit tricky.

Finally Beth, in some cases I use images from my own collection. There are times that I can’t find a representative image that I like on the Internet. If I can’t, and I have that coin, I just snap it myself and use it for the post.

Thanks for the question Beth and thanks for taking the time to ask.

If you have a question about the site, collecting or anything related, just use the contact from on the About page to reach me.

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